- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On May 28, 2007
- 8 Comments
Some shakes in the rankings this week. May came to a close and we saw one team finish with a strong record, one finish without anything to talk about and another gained form. Which team is which though? I think you can guess…most of you are pretty savvy.
We will see a new number one as well as a few shakes in the top order of the line up. The bottom will look relatively similar to past weeks as well as how things shook up at the start of the 2007 campaign.
Ranking (last week Ranking) Team (points) –
1. (2) Red Bull New York (17 pt.) – Back on top, yet I still wonder if anyone in New York has noticed. I will say this about the Red Bulls, when they are home I will at least predict that they will score no less than two goals with about anyone that they play. Probably the most exciting three minutes the league has offered in the past few years last Thursday with the Red Bulls and the Fire. Remember, this team missed half…yes…half of their starters for that game. Scary, just flat out scary.
2. (1) New England Revolution (17 pts.) – Tough blow but I still feel they are a bit better than everyone else besides the Red Bulls. I almost thought that if the Revs had tied that game with KC that they would be a 1a and 1b with the Red Bulls atop the league rankings. Thankfully they get a really bad Salt Lake team next week at home. I think they will bounce back and be fine. This race in the east will be exciting.
3. (4) Colorado Rapids (15 pts.) – I think ESPN’s power rankings put it best about this club. Loaded with talent, plays ugly, yet finds ways to win. I question how this club will handle the hostile nature that is BMO Field next weekend though. No matter how ugly you play, you can’t do it in a place like BMO Field. I think that is a true test for this Rapids club.
4. (5) Kansas City Wizards (16 pts.) – I am not quick to bring this club all the way to two or three in my rankings just yet. Give this type of performance two weeks in a row and I will undoubtedly put you up there with the league’s best. Biggest test of the season comes this coming weekend against the Red Bulls at home. If Eddie Johnson has another performance like he did against the Revs then the Wizards will be a top notch club in this league, but he has to do it week in and week out. He can’t disappear for a few games in a row like he did for most of the month of May.
5. (3) FC Dallas (16 pt.) – Ugly loss against Chivas. They could have easily left the Toolbox with a point but failed to do so. I won’t say it is a cause for concern or anything though just yet. I am happy to see that people are starting to sing the praises of Juan Pablo Toja right now. He should be an all-star this summer for the league but since he isn’t a ‘big-name’ in the league just yet it won’t happen. The Hoops schedule will start to slow down in the MLS this coming month. A roadie to Houston gets things started. Three points would be huge.
6. (7) DC United (10 pts.) – Played their best soccer in May, by not dropping a game. Sure the competition wasn’t as rough as it was in April but still, points are points and DC will take them any way they can get them in a very compact and competitive eastern conference. Other teams in the east need to be aware of the United who have found their form and more importantly players like Christian Gomez have found their form. Probably the most dangerous team in the league right now…more so than New York.
7. (10) CD Chivas USA (11 pts.) – I said it in the preseason that Maykel Galindo would be exciting to watch. Five goals and two assist to his name and he is very quickly becoming the toast of the west in goals. Oh yeah, this team also has Ante Razov who knows how to score. This team is finding it’s form and identity. They only need to find a replacement in the middle for Guevara to make them and their fans forget about that whole mess. They get the week off, so I expect to hear them moving parts or at least talking up the rumor mill about foreign players to sign.
8. (6) Houston Dynamo (7 pt.) – Slowly creeping towards the bottom of the standings. Thankfully for Dynamo fans there are clubs like Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy right now doing worse. I don’t know what it really is about this club. I am guessing that its all resting on the happiness of Dewayne De Rosario. I don’t think he is anywhere near happy and it is showing on the field. Maybe a rivalry game with Dallas this week will be a help to motivate this club. They need something, that is for sure. Hate to say it but the more this trend continues, the more Dominic Kinnear is on the hot seat.
9. (12) Toronto FC (7 pt.) – Sure a draw on the road isn’t the full reason for this jump, but the biggest reason is the clubs around them and how they are playing. The Reds are playing well and now with Jeff Cunningham atop with Danny Dichio, you have to believe this club will be looked at even more as a treat in the east. They still have a long way to go to even be thought of as a playoff contender at this point but they are surely making things interesting. A win at home against Colorado would certainly raise some eyebrows.
10. (11) Columbus Crew (8 pt.) – The Crew with Andy Herron are a Crew that will make the playoffs. Without him they are a lost team offensively with a defense that is slowly falling apart. They have to find ways to win games or else they will be looking at another playoff-less season. Sigi on the hot seat for anyone yet? They get a reeling Chicago side this weekend on the road. I smell another draw.
11. (9) LA Galaxy (5 pt.) – Ugly play against Colorado. Just ugly. I hated watching even before they were a man down. I still do not see this club as a legitimate playoff contender even with the additions of Abel Xavier and David Beckham. It seems like the Galaxy enjoy the long ball to Donovan approach. They host DC this weekend, a win would do wonders for their confidence and honestly for the league’s confidence in having the Galaxy in playoff contention.
12. (8) Chicago Fire (11 pts.) – May was dreadful for the Fire. Three losses, one draw (against the league’s worst team), 11 goals against and only three scored. I have to say from the bits I have seen from yesterday’s contest with RSL, it was one of the worst games so far this season, if not, in the past couple of season. They need more than a point against Columbus this weekend, they need a total, full team effort…plus a win.
13. (13) Real Salt Lake (5 pt.) – Things are slowly changing for RSL. We know it wasn’t all John Ellinger’s fault. This team was just dreadful. But I like the moves. Yes I like the Esky trade more now than I did a few days ago. It will boost morale with the club. Make no mistake, things weren’t working with Jeff Cunningham in RSL land. Kries did a good thing shipping him off. I hear they want to make another couple moves. I really honestly hope they don’t sign Kasey Keller. Their problem isn’t in the net, it is what’s in front of it, that defense…and some of the midfield…and okay the attackers too. In other words, Kasey Keller wouldn’t solve all of their problems.